Pre-K Preview

May-June 2015

Coming Soon - Please plan to attend!! The month of May brings an exciting time because we will begin our practice for the play “Two Ways to Count to Ten". The performance is on Friday, May 29th at 9:15 am. in the Pre-K room. It is about 15 minutes long. Parents are invited. No younger siblings please. The NFS siblings will watch the rehearsal the day before, with the Kindergarten classes in the Pre-K room. We will contact their respective teachers for permission. The children are excited, but we try to keep it low key and ask for your help in doing the same!

A letter is coming home in Friday folder with more details.

May 4th- 8th

Theme: Alphabet Celebration

Special Events:

Thursday, May 7th- Pajama Day. Wear your favorite pajama, bring your favorite books and a stuffed animal to school and have a breakfast for lunch!!

Monday, May 11th- Alphabet Parade at assembly time(10:30am.) If you are available, you are most welcome to attend the assembly. Otherwise, the children are just excited to sing for their school buddies!

Shhh…The caterpillars might be arriving soon and we will watch them turn into butterflies! (We will gauge the temperature and decide the timing for this experiment to begin!)

Language Arts:

Review letters and sound/letter connections through games and the vast collection of the alphabet books such as Animal Alphabet, Jungle Alphabet, Dinosaur Alphabet, and Nature Alphabet (You got the idea! If you have any kind of Alphabet book, this is a great week to share it).

Introduction to sight words (the, is, love, etc.) and word families (words ending in at, op, in, etc.) We also will introduce easy reader books such as Bob books and the Reading project books.

Introduction to writing in a journal!

Math:

In May and June we will continue to build on and strengthen math concepts introduced during the year, through more challenging activities.

Math concepts to be explored: Number recognition, Counting, More/less, Estimating, Measuring, Weights, Odd/even numbers, Two digit numbers, Patterns, Shapes, Deductive Reasoning activities…. there are so many possibilities to stretch our minds!!

We will take the lead from the group’s interest and need for the continuation of a concept to be explored.

Science:

Metamorphosis....observing and journaling the stages.

“Alphabet Experiments” such as P is for Pulley, E is for Evaporation, A is for ants!

Again, we will guide children with the possibilities, and let them decide what they want to learn more about!

May 11th-22nd

Theme: Rainforest

Special Event: Thursday, May 14th, Field Day. 8:30am.- Noon. Parents and siblings are invited to watch the Pre-K children participate in a variety of sports activities. Each team will consist children from Pre-K to 8th grade! Each Pre-K child will have an upper school buddy to guide them. Please look for more details in the Tuesday update.

Introduction to the tropical rain forests of the Amazon with a National Geographic video for children.

"The Umbrella" , "The Great Kapok Tree", "Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth" are some of the books we will be reading during this week.

Based upon the experience with the themes of dinosaur and African folktales, in designing their own explorations and learning, children will decide and work on a project. Let’s see where these explorers take us. Let the FUN begin!

May 25th-June 9th

Theme: Fairy Tales

Special Event:

Friday, May 29th, 9:15am. Pre-K Play "Two Ways to Count to Ten".

Tuesday, June 9th Last day of school. 11:30 dismissal for classroom pick up. Noon dismissal for siblings. No extended daycare available.

During these weeks, we will explore and enjoy traditional fairy tales from Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk and many more!

Castles, knights, dragons, fairies, and enchanted forests will be a wonderful way to end the magical school year!

The children will also create a fairy tale as a group. We can’t wait to see the budding authors and illustrators’ “Once upon a Time…. Happily Ever after” creation!

Thank you.

Ragini-Nancy